Beauty for Ashes…

Isaiah 61 is probably one of the most comforting chapters in the Bible. The very first verse begins with good news preaching “good tidings to the poor,” speaks to “heal the broken-hearted,” and proclaims “liberty to the captives.” Most of us need “comfort” at one time or another. We suffer wounds along our way. WeContinue reading “Beauty for Ashes…”

Don’t Be Deceived…

I was recently reminded to be a bit more mindful and not merely act on what I “think” I see. Our enemies aren’t always obvious. They rarely arrive with a pitchfork and horns. Some are flatterers, even endearing. Many are manipulative and masters of illusion, leading us to make assumptions that can cause us greatContinue reading “Don’t Be Deceived…”

True Independence…

Freedom for black and white or red and blue No increase for me at the expense of you That faith not fear would rule this land That justice could rule with an even hand Would those who fought for the red, white and blue Be honored and cherished for all they went through We chooseContinue reading “True Independence…”

Bend Don’t Break!

Everyone is guaranteed some form of hardship, storms, distress/duress that ultimately forges us into the people God would have us to become. Though not pleasurable experiences, our problems are necessary for our progression from one stage in life to another. The way we deal with these experiences determines how we will come out of them. Some people seem toContinue reading “Bend Don’t Break!”

Be Persistent!

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, Hebrews 12:1 NIV Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should alwaysContinue reading “Be Persistent!”

Lessons From My Mother…

She watches over the affairs of her household     and does not eat the bread of idleness.  Her children arise and call her blessed;     her husband also, and he praises her: Proverbs 31:27-28 NIV     I’ll admit I’d been dreading this weekend for weeks. Losing my mother at the first of March, I was keenlyContinue reading “Lessons From My Mother…”